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[ ♪♪ ] voting on the fate of the country, greeks head to the polls in an historic bailout referendum i'm shiulie ghosh you are watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up - nowhere to go residents of ramadi fear they'll be caught in the crossfire as the iraqi army prepares a new defensive. plus... >> i'm lucia newman in ecuador, the first stop of pope francis's tour of latin america.
where millions of catholics abandoned the church and hosts chile celebrate a copa america triumph, the first major football victory greeks are voting yes or no in a referendum on their financial future and whether, ultimately, they stay in the eurozone. it's been a hectic few days of campaigning. the greek prime minister alexis tsipras and his finance minister are urging a no vote. so far it looks as if the country is split. the votes will decide whether or not greeks choose to accept international creditor's proposals for austerity in change for rescue loans. greece needs the loans to avoid a banking collapse. here is about what the finance minister has been saying as they
cast their ballots. >> translation: the grooem sent a message of desizivesness. no one can ignore a nation living with decisiveness. our people's decisiveness wince from the propaganda of fear. i am sure tomorrow we open a road of all of europe. >> translation: the massive failures of the european group leading to failures. today the greeks people have the ability to decide on the institutions and partners this is about a holy moment a moment giving hope to europe that the common currency and democracy can and do crow exist. >> the evidencer of the
conservative party voted. the former purchase is returning greeks to vote yes. >> today we greeks decide on the fate of our country. we vote in greece and we vote yes to europe. barnaby phillips is at at polling station and sent this update. >> it's a polling station in the center of athens. greeks are finding out where to vote. they had lots of practice voting in general elections, for most it's their first referendum. there hasn't been one in this country for 41 years, since greeks voted to abolish the monarchy. many greeks are telling me the divisions and splits from the 20th century, dating back to the civil war and dictatorship seem relevant today. their society is polarized in such a way that they have not seen for decade.
when greece entered the european union and the eurozone it was meant to put those divisions behind it meant to forge a better prosperous future. this hasn't turned out that way and greeks have a monumentous decision. it could define this country's legacy for years to come and the result reverberating around europe. >> hundreds of people gathered in spain in support of a no vote in greece. these are live pictures. protesters supporting the no vote. spain implementing spending cuts affecting their education, public health and social benefit. jens is an economist, from a think tank based in athens and a member of the european commission task force and supports the yes camp but says greece's european partners should be careful about
intervening. they'd like to see a yes vote, but should refrain from intervening in terms of their own preferences and what kind of political consequences that may prevail in the next day. what brussels have done, the president of the european parliament, is unacceptable, the intervention in such a country. people are torn in this society. do they under the consequences of their vote. that means the day after what will happen then i don't know how that works. we are in u.n. chartered territory. there's no roadmap or territory. we'll have to be patient, wait for the outcome and re-assess - not only in athens, but berlin, paris, brussels - how to go forward. preferably how to go forward together.
austerity measures in the past five years have not worked. we have had reforms in the economy, in the society, but we need another balance. we need in the future an investment programme, a job creation programme and to integrate into the debate the issue of debt relief as the i.m.f. is demanding from the european creditors. a woman has blown herself up in a church in nigeria, happening in the north-east. at least five people were killed. it's the latest in a string of bombings and shootings blamed on boko haram. dozens of civilians have been killed in iraqi government air strikes in ramadi. air strikes hit a football field where a group of young people were reportedly playing. ramadi is the capital of anbar province which was taken over by i.s.i.l. in may. jane arraf is there, does it seem civilians are caught up in
the battle to retake anbar from i.s.i.l. >> it does indeed. according to local sources air strikes happened after midnight around two in the morning when young people were trying to beat the heat. out playing soccer and ramadan games in a makeshift soccer fields. there were some i.s.i.l. fighters. local sources say i.s.i.l. fighters were there, attempting to recruit some of the young me. the sir strikes that hit killed them indiscriminately. that seems to be what is happening in anbar. there is some of the fiercest fighting in that province but it's largely out of sight of everyone, that too, is part of the problem. >> i appreciate it must be
difficult to get information out of areas like this because i.s.i.l. is so entrenched and it's dangerous for supporters to go in there. how sure are we about what is going on? >> well that is a key question and it's more important than ever to get as many sources of information as possible in reports such as this. we get reports every day about air strikes, and reach out to as many people as possible. the problem here is that this is also a war of publicity, and propaganda if you will. the iraqi government is fighting hard in anbar. it's not forthcoming with information. it's a difficult rear to get to impossible in some respects. we have been in the last few days to fallujah 20km from fallujah, it's as far as you can go. after that there's few sources of information because the internet is difficult to actions, difficult to get video
out and everyone has an interest in putting out their own story on this. what is clear is increasingly there's two yield battle, one waged from the coalition and an increasingly bitter battle waged by iraqi security forces using what appear to be barrel bombs in some instances that are increasingly having civilians caught up in it. >> thank you for that jane arraf, updating us from baghdad. the u.s.-led coalition says it hit i.s.i.l.'s capital in syria, in what sa described as one of the largest decelerate crisis. the i.s.i.l. video said to show the casualties caused by the attacks. 15 i.s.i.l. fighters and six civilians. the coalition spokesman said 15 strikes blocked control routes to restrict the movements of i.s.i.l. fighters. allies hezbollah say they have
stormed the rebel held city. hezbollah media say they captured some areas in the west. activists say the government is hitting the city with barrel bombs. the offensive began on saturday in a bid to cut off a maybe supply route for the al qaeda-linked al nusra front with more than 700,000 refugees in jordan the u.n. world food program is finding it hard to fund meals. now, halfway through the holy month of ramadan, refugees are struggling to find food to break their fast. >> most families have feasts during the muslim holy month of ramadan. this person worries about what he'll feed his family when they break their fast at sunset. when the syrian family arrived in jordan a year ago, they were taken to the camp. they couldn't live in the unforgiven desert and escaped. he life in east hammon and don't
receive assistance from u.n. agencies. >> i ran away from the camp. there's no electricity, we had to walk for ages to get water and carry it to the shelter. the shop is far away. i'm an old man, i couldn't walk to the shop without breaking down. >> no u.n. assistance means no education for his daughters or health car. jamal is diabetic and goes for days without his pills. his wife, with speech and hearing impairment, has been forced to find work as a housemaid. >> i work to afford drinking water and buy our girls needs. if my daughters are sick, how do i by them medicine. i wish we stayed in syria and died there. this life is too difficult. >> reporter: life in exile forced many families to forget their dreams and aspirations and worry about essential things like getting food to eat.
>> during ramadan generous neighbours sometimes drop off a meal. on the days they don't, the family has to manage on its own, and that means eating what is available. >> this is all they have in the kitcherb. they never eat meat, unless it's from the neighbours. the family says it's moments like these make them feel there's some good. the neighbours sent them a meal, and the relatives came to share. with the passing years, the demands of refugees in exile needs seem to be more basic. >> all we ask the world is to look after syrian refugees, help them, there are so many like me, and those worse off. we need money to eat and drink, that's all. >> reporter: jamal never expected syria to become so ruined and doesn't expect it to go back to the way it was. they are living a temporary life here, not knowing how much worse it will get.
still to come on al jazeera - they are also trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in america. >> presidential hopeful clinton accuses china of hacking u.s. computers and stealing government information. plus... >> women's football increased in popularity, but lags beyond the men's game. i'm in vancouver, home to the win ens world cup final. that story coming up.
welcome back you are with al jazeera. let's remind you of the top stories. the greek prime minister and finance minister cast their votes in a referendum which effectively resides whether grease stays in the eurozone or not. he deserves a no vote for the cutbacks demanded by international creditors. dozens of serbians have been killed in iraqi government air strikes. air strikes hit a football field where a group of young people were playing. i.s.i.l. video from syria said to show casualties. one of the largest engagements destroyed the display roots u.s. democratic presidential hopeful clinton accused china of hacking and stealing u.s. government information.
a former secretary of state was speaking at a campaign event. >> they are trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in america. stealing secrets, blueprints from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage. make no mistake. they know they are in a competition. and will do what they can to win it. richard is director at the center tore political analysis and says hillary clinton has tape a hard line on china when she was a senator. >> she is in an awkward position. she needs not to be too distant. from the current administration, and she served in it in its first term, and she could rightly be held accountable for everything that happened then. on the other hand, the obama administration is widely considered to have performed weakly in some crisis.
and she wants to make sure she can reaffirm and burnish her credentials. if you listen to the entire speech, she made conciliatory comments, trig to put herself a little on the moderate stance. i think her strategy is to occupy the center, outflank democratic opponents on the right and outflank the republicans on the left. the problem with russia is that she was seen as the principal administrator, if not architect of the obama administration to move closer to russia - at least in its first term. and that did not succeed. and i don't know if that would hold the administration responsible for the failure, it didn't work. and so she's in a delicate position. she needs to defend her position and decision to pursue the policy and imply that she can do better than anyone else, and in her speech
cited the fact she had a lot of experience more so than any other candidate dealing with putin. therefore she can behave nor smartly than her rivals. foreign ministers will meet to thrash out a deal with iran's nuclear programme. the final agreement will have three phases. >> the first stage will be the day when we collectively draw up a deal. the security council will issue a resolution on that day. we'll wait for legal procedures to be carried out. finally when the procedures are over, and these countries are ready, it would be in our opinion, the day of the agreement. when it comes, sanctions should be lifted and iran will end its commitments egyptian military commanders say 25 fighters have been killed in air strikes in morne sinai.
weapons and explosives are reported to have been destroyed. at least 140 soldiers civilians and fighters linked to i.s.i.l. are reported to have been killed in sinai over the past week. >> now, the world lost half of its wild animals in the past two years. 7% of the other's species live in australia, making it home to diverse group of animals. the country is making a special effort to stop extinction as andrew thomas explains. >> australia has one of the most diverse selections of animals on earth. 7%. world's species live here most of those living only in australia, giving the nation a special responsibility - to stop the wipe out under way. 20% of its surviving mammals are threatened with extinction. 12% of its birds and australia is tip scale. at present rate half the world
species will be extinct in 400 years time. those beasts reevolving for that to come back will take 2 million years. 10,000 times as many as have ever live will live. they'll miss out, they'll mace out on half the diversity of the planet. we our generation and the generations around us chose to wipe out half the species. at a nature reserve near canberra, a charity called bush heritage australia is restoring farm land. a few decades ago the valley would have been forested. and full of animals that australia is famous for, is that are now rare. >> not only do the colonialists cut down industries they brought with them invasive plants and aggressive animals. cats brought over as rat
catchers and later as pets. there are thought to be $15 million feral cats eating animals or competing for food. in many areas, australia animals are the losers. the striped legless lizard is one threatened. >> it looks similar to a mistake, but with a nicer parliamentary. it has ears a long tail that it will drop if threatened but is related to skinks and geckos. it may look like a snake. it's an adaptation. it lost its legs through time. this reserve may be big, but australia is vast the the world life fund estimates a shortfall equivalent to an area bigger than france. andrew thomas on a scottsdale reserve more than a million ecuadorians are expected to gather when pope francis leads
mass on tuesday. the pontiff left roam for a week-long tour. political tensions are high. they call for the president to resign. after ecuador, the pontiff will travel to bolivia and paraguay despite the excitement about the tour the church lost popularity in latin america. sex abuse scandals and the pope's attempts at reform made it hard for some to believe in his leadership and the church. >> reporter: it looks innocent enough. everyone knows inside this church in santiago perverse things happen. they are told in detail in the forest, a film based on a chilean paedophile priest who abused scores of boys and young men. it has been a top box office hit in chile. a once staunchly catholic
country, where these days the pews are more empty than full at friday noon mass. >> the church needs to recover credibility. people have been left with an image of what had happened inside the church. we can't deny it. [ singing ] >> that is something pope francis is trying to rectify by declaring a zero tolerance policy towards sexual abuse. yet, for dr james hamilton was one of the victims, the church's punishment of paedophiles is an instalment. -- insult. >> there's no one in prisons. just places - it's like, for them, like a little spa. they have nuns that serve them, you know. >> but pope francis has also been widely praised, especially for his social agenda. his attempts to end corruption in the vatican. and his more open-minded attitude towards homosexuality,
though not same-sex marriage. many want him to go further. but others within the church heirachy believe that he's going too far. >> translation: remember as an organization, it continues to be medieval, dating back three or four centuries. he wants to change that, to the extent that christians say yes, he's right, opposition diminished. obviously he has opposition. >> it's a tug of war between defending dogma and pressures to be in step with modern times. the stunning colonial center and centuries old churches is a testament to catholicism's decision to conquer soles. 500 years after missionaries crossed the atlantic, pope francis is coming to the home continent to win them back wiht his reformist vision.
chile's football team are celebrating a major title whenment the copa america beat argentina in the final after a penalty issued to argentina's defeat coming a year after winning the world cup final. richard park reports. >> chill yes versus argentina, and a chance for lionel messi to win an major international tournament. chile's star forward came close to winning the copa america final and in stoppage time he instructed his side. after extra time penalty were needed. when argentine midfielder spotted a save by bravo, it allowed sanchez to net the winning spot kick for chile. and 4-1 in the shoot-out.
>> i think the penalties gave us the justice we should have got before. i don't want to be iresponsible with what i say. the purpose was more with chile, than argentina. >> quiet frankly, i'd go to the graves with the boys they give their all with honesty, they suffer. we will keep trying without any doubt. >> it's the second time chile beat argentina in 39 competitive matches. crucially their first ever copa america title. >> but the women's game is facing a challenge in bridging the popularity gap with men's football. a report from vancouver, ahead of a women's world cup final. not a cloud in the sky, a typical summer's day in vancouver, venue of the world cup's final. what a tournament it's been.
more than 8 million tv viewers. the match between the united states and germany, it was the third-most batched. despite the growth, the gap between's mens and women's was as large as ever much it's viewed as football. lock at the money, the great football makers make about $20 million a year each excludingen doorsment. the best women's, alex morgan $1 million. germany took om $35 million. this year's women take own $2 million. then there's the issue of sexism. sepp blatter remarked women's footballers should wear more feminine clothe like tighter
shirts. core >> it sends a message only women fit into a certain stereotype will be a positive image for a girl playing soccer. >> looking at history helps to explain the struggles in the women's game. >> men's football can be traced back to the mid 18th century. women's started a century later. it's a reason why it's not a popular or as successful as the men's game or as well-known as we found out on the streets of vancouver, when we asked if anyone could name players on the u.s. or japan's teams. >> we could not make an attempt at it. it's reactions like that that have f.i.f.a. admitting that they need to do development. >> on the side of women's football. the marketing side, the promotion side has not been developed as much as the
football. despite the challenges, all the football fans - all they wanted to do is enjoy the women's beautiful game. and you can keep up to date with all the news on the website. aljazeera.com. tossing on the waves of the mediterranean, thousands upon thousands of migrants fleeing wars and chaos and searching for opportunity. the single biggest group are syrians - tens of thousands of them with their children and little else - will risk this voyage. most often it leads to italy, but that is not where this journey ends of the to better understand what happens after they hit dry land, we joined